Mysterious world map, created 430 years ago
• The mysterious map of the world, created 430 years ago
The color atlas of the world, created by cartographer Urbano Monte (years of life 1544-1613gg) 430 years ago (in 1587), recently restored scanned and put it on the open access.
Antique map shows the world as it was 430 years ago. Researchers have restored 60 pages world atlas Urbano Monte, which presents the mysterious creatures such as the unicorn Sibirina, ship ambirant, terrible giant birds.
Handwritten card size 10 feet in height and width created a little-known cartographer Urbano Monte in 1587. Monte was born in a wealthy family in Milan, and from childhood was fond of geography. From historical sources we know that Monte met with the Japanese delegation that visited Milan in 1585. Therefore, it is an advanced map information on Japan, which was not in the other Western maps created at the time.
Monte worked on the atlas 18 years after Zherardus Mercator created the map, which is now used in the majority of educational institutions and applications for smartphones. But the map of Monte, in contrast to the Mercator portrays Earth as seen from space, directly above the North Pole. In recent years, Mercator projection was criticized for its Euro-centric image in which the western and northern regions are larger than they really are.
According to collector David rsmc who bought an old atlas and donated it to the Center cartography David rsmc at Stanford University, which he founded in 2016, the cartographers of the Renaissance did not like the "empty space".
- I think that Monte really tried to show the circular nature of the Earth ", - said Ramsey This is more than just a map This is a scientific tool.."
Single sheets and composition fantastic card is now available online.
The interesting thing is that even 430 years ago, Urbano Monte drew all very well and in great detail. And she created in just 80 years after Columbus discovered America that agree very short period of time, that would make such a detailed map with the new discoveries. After all, in those days there were no satellites or airplanes, anything with the help of which one could create something similar. And that would create such a map 430 years ago, it was necessary to see the Earth is a flight altitude of modern aircraft, or from the Earth's orbit.
How did the ancient cartographer was able to create a detailed map so that it now can be superimposed on a globe and a stunning data mapping. It is interesting that the Earth on this map is not shown as a sphere, as well as a bulging disc, centered on the North Pole, as it is depicted on the emblem of the United Nations and around this flat and convex Earth orbit the moon and sun.
This is a mystery, because this card is also very accurate, for its creation required significant data mapping and its creator obviously knew the look of our planet from space if the satellite makes the photo is aligned with the North Pole, but at the same time the author card did not know that it is not the sun revolves around the earth, but rather the earth revolves around the sun.